Admitting that you have mental health issues whilst you are a student feels like you are coming out of the closet, as it probably does in any stage of your life. Not in the traditional sense of the term 'closet', but in another sense; a sense of hiding away and fearing having these difficult conversations with people.
Providing any kind of therapy in this frenzied environment is not possible. Admitting someone in a fragile mental state into this siege atmosphere means you are only arranging an admittance to prevent suicide or harm to others, rather than offering help to the mentally ill in need of care. You have become a form of warder, not a clinician.
The cultural stereotype of the catfight reduces the lady, who is noted for her passivity and elegance, to a creature capable of stealth and crafty animalism; a creature called woman. Whether Natural Vs Processed; Full-Figured Vs Skinny; Lesbian Vs Heterosexual; Black Vs White or Younger Vs Older, catfighting is belittling to an already belittled body of people.
I hope that scientific progress will soon have an even better grasp of what causes conditions such as autism and schizophrenia. Just as the important Time to Change programme is saying, one way to help individuals already with these conditions quite directly, today, is not to stigmatise, isolate or bully them.
A "Mental Patient" fancy dress costume on sale at Asda and a 'Psycho Ward' costume at Tesco shows just how much further we have to go in destigmatising mental health issues. Ed Miliband was rightly lauded on Tuesday as he called for greater openness and discussion of mental health issues during his speech at Labour Party Conference.
Over a thousand people have written to their MP, asking them to attend an 'MP Capability Assessment' based loosely on the controversial Work Capability Assessment, which is currently being used to decide whether tens of thousands of people with long-term illnesses and disabilities should receive benefits.
When you are young, seeking help for mental health problems can be easily as frightening as the problems themselves... Information about mental illnesses is not part of the school curriculum and consequently many students suffer symptoms of one problem or another without even knowing that anything could be seriously wrong.